The aerial bombing of New York City in World War One

Caproni Bomber Ca.3 Bomber, the type that dropped propaganda pamphlet on New York. (Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1239392)

In April 1918, New York was bombed from the air for the first time — with pamphlets promoting the Third Liberty Loan.[i] The elements of the economy, aerial bombing and destruction of the industry are interestingly linked together. Why did this bombing happen, and why is this interesting to me? It all started with an assignment.